GE Aviation and Etihad Airways have partnered to launch the brand new 360 Foam Wash, a ground-breaking jet engine cleansing system.
The product is designed to optimise efficiency of Etihad’s GE90 and GEnx-1B engines on its Boeing 777 and 787 fleets.
Working with Etihad as a launch associate for the Etihad Greenliner programme to innovate, develop and take a look at aviation decarbonization applied sciences, GE has awarded Etihad technical licenses to make use of GE’s patented 360 Foam Wash system on its GE90 and GEnx-1B plane engines.
These technical licenses enable Etihad Airways to carry out the engine foam wash on its fleet of 777 and 787 plane fully in-house.
GE’s 360 Foam Wash is a substitute for the water wash methodology, and restores engine efficiency resulting in reductions in gas consumption.
The method entails injecting a specially-formulated, proprietary resolution that removes mud and filth particles within the engine.
The system is self-contained, permitting it for use inside upkeep hangars or outdoor.
The airline’s collaboration within the trial course of was necessary to the product’s growth, contributing to GE’s information assortment and evaluation, and bettering reliability of 360 Foam Wash gear.
“GE Aviation shares a dedication to develop progressive options in plane engine upkeep with the workforce at Etihad Airways,” stated Jean Lydon-Rodgers, vp and normal supervisor of GE Aviation’s aftermarket strategic options.
“We’re studying extra about how our engines function and the way they reply in sizzling and harsh environments than ever earlier than, and our longstanding relationship with Etihad has been integral to that course of. The analysis that has gone into producing GE’s 360 Foam Wash is a shining instance of that.”
Throughout expertise trials with its GE90 and GEnx engines, the froth wash resolution allowed Etihad to enhance engine efficiency by lowering build-up of deposits within the engine, reducing engine exhaust temperatures, and bettering engine compressor effectivity.
These enhancements led to lowered gas consumption and elevated engine time on wing.